The Garda Representative Association has said a garda was lucky to escape without serious injury after he was dragged while hanging onto a stolen car.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Garda Damien McCarthy said the incident, which happened on Wednesday night, shows the "life-threatening situations" that gardaí are exposed to.

In the incident, uniformed gardaí approached a car at St Luke’s Avenue in Dublin, which had allegedly been stolen earlier.

One garda was beside the passenger window of the car when he was grabbed and pulled in. The car then reversed at speed before the garda managed to pull the handbrake and stop it.

He sustained minor injuries and was treated at St James's Hospital.

Gda McCarthy said it was down to the "bravery" of the garda that he managed to bring the car to a halt and was lucky to escape without serious injury. 

He said this is not an isolated incident and some people engaged in criminal activity are using vehicles as weapons to inflict harm on members of An Garda Síochána. 

He called on the Government to review current legislation and for stiffer penalties to be imposed. 

He said: "I think the Government needs to look now at the legislation. It is outdated and not fit for purpose and no longer should we be treating these situations as just an occupational hazard. 

"The Government needs to stand up now and take a reactive response to what is happening," added Gda McCarthy.

Two men were arrested in relation to Wednesday night's incident.